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'Red Car' Exposes Unsettling Side To Life's Listlessness

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 7:41am

The Red Car, the latest novel by Marcy Dermansky, features a protagonist who's haunted by a former boss. NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Dermansky about the fantastical and dark novel.

Women Astronomers Shine In 'The Glass Universe'

Sun, 12/04/2016 - 4:47am

Dava Sobel's new book is a history of the unheralded women — called computers, rather than astronomers — who worked at the Harvard College Observatory, studying, cataloging and classifying stars.

Not My Job: 'Good Wife' Star Alan Cumming Gets Quizzed On Bad Wives

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 11:01am

This week, we invited Alan Cumming, actor, singer, author, director and proud son of Scotland, to play our quiz. He's now on tour performing songs from his new album, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs.

'Out Of The Wreck I Rise' Supports Addiction Recovery With Literary Hero Companions

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Sara Bader and Neil Steinberg about their book, "Out Of The Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery," a new anthology about addiction and sobriety.

Daughter Of African-American Filmmaker Asks, What Happened To Kathleen Collins?

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

NPR's Scott Simon talks to Nina Collins about a new book of short stories written by her late mother, Kathleen Collins, one of the first African-American filmmakers. The book is called "Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?"

A Century Later, 'Peter Pan' Still Soars On Kids' Faith In Goodness

Sat, 12/03/2016 - 7:39am

The play "Peter Pan" has been performed at the Playhouse on the Square in Memphis for decades. One theater-lover finds new meaning in the old play by watching it through the eyes of school children.

'Fawlty Towers' Actor Andrew Sachs Dies At 86

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:12pm

British character actor Andrew Sachs has died at age 86. He was best known as the waiter Manuel on the cult TV series, Fawlty Towers.

On This 'Tree Of Treasures' There's No Such Thing As An Ordinary Ornament

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:12pm

Bonnie Mackay has written an unusual sort of memoir: Tree of Treasures is the story of her life, told through Christmas tree ornaments. She has nearly 3,000 of them, divided into 67 classifications.

Women Face The Unpredictable In 'Jackie,' 'Things To Come'

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:12pm

NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a double-feature review of two films about women who find themselves in drastically altered circumstances in midlife: Things To Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, and Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.

Andrew Sachs, Who Played Beloved Waiter Manuel On 'Fawlty Towers,' Dies

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 2:33pm

The actor is best known for his portrayal of the hapless waiter from Barcelona on the much loved British sitcom. He was 86.

Instagramps: Long-Distance Grandpa's Art Carries His Love Across The World

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:58pm

At 75, Chanjae Lee hated the idea of learning this bizarre thing called Instagram. He also hadn't picked up a paintbrush in years. But then, his grandchildren moved away and a baby was born.

'Jackie' Captures The Brittle Sadness Of A First Lady In Mourning

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:19pm

A new biopic takes audiences into the White House in the days following JFK's assassination in Dallas. Critic David Edelstein says Jackie conveys both the shyness and slyness of Jacqueline Kennedy.

Epilogue

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:17am

Lauren Weedman talks about her memoir, which peeks inside her failing marriage and desire for human connection. Then, in the final round, answers are one of Modern Library's top 100 English novels.

Chapter One

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:17am

Nonfiction books get the blockbuster movie trailer treatment. Then, find the perfect reading snack with a mash-up game featuring book titles reimagined as foods.

Prologue

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:17am

Guess classic novels like Moby Dick from their actual one-star Amazon reviews. Then, see if you can tell the difference between a Choose Your Own Adventure book and a Weekly World News headline.

Pop Culture Happy Hour: 'Gilmore Girls' And 'Moana'

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 9:08am

On this week's show, we return to Stars Hollow and travel to Disney's latest gorgeous world with Daisy Rosario and super-librarian Margaret H. Willison.

Hot-Dog Tiaras And Other '70s Dinner Party' Delicacies

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 6:00am

A food blogger's fascination with retro entertaining pays off in a colorful volume of curious eats.

Jeff Koons Gives France A Giant Bouquet Of Flowers, But It Comes With A Price

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 4:20am

The work of art is meant to honor the victims of the November 2015 terrorist attacks. Construction is already underway on Bouquet of Tulips -- but not all Parisians are pleased with the gift.

Quran Exhibition Shines A Light On The Holy Books' Dedicated Artists

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 3:49am

The Smithsonian show isn't about the words of the Quran so much as the people who laboriously copied it, letter by letter. When they made a mistake, they fixed it with flourish — and sometimes gold.

Through 'The Eyes of My Mother' We See A Young Woman Grow Into A Vicious Killer

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 4:00pm

This elegant but unsettling horror film implicates the audience by placing us inside the head of the monster at its center, forcing us to see things in ourselves we don't wish to.

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